Tag Archives: Democracy

So They’re Gonna Raise Some Taxes

They said people would take to the streets because parliamentary elections would be cancelled. “We are a democracy,” they said, “people won’t let that happen.” But people did let elections be cancelled, twice. They said people would not let the … Continue reading

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From Beirut to Santiago: memories, democracy and about never going back

Note: This is a translated and abridged version of Eye on the East’s post about Chile in Spanish. The original version can be found here. 21 years have passed since I left Chile, but the wave of memories that hits … Continue reading

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Desde Beirut a Santiago: recuerdos, democracia y de no volver hacia atrás…

Note: The following is a post about Chile, written by Eye on the East in Spanish, which happens to coincide with Chile’s Independence Day. It deals with the country’s exceptional political history, as reflected through the author’s personal experience in the country, as … Continue reading

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With the Stench of Garbage comes a Breeze of Hope

“We have been sleepless for years, We decided to wake up today, Oh homeland, do not blame us, We are now beyond the realm of blame.”                             … Continue reading

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Remember Greece?

Note: This is the second of two posts recounting Eye on the East’s recent visit to Athens. Part one can be found here. It’s hard to believe that less than two months ago, Greece was on the verge of exiting the eurozone … Continue reading

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Tahrir: Rebelling with a Cause

If this doesn’t exemplify people power, then I’m not quite sure what does. Some have called it a second revolution, yet the over 22 million Egyptians who attached their name to the Tamarod (Arabic for rebel) movement by signing their … Continue reading

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On Rescuing a Nation and Shaming its Representatives

I am not one who cries easily, but seeing with my own eyes, how a mixture of army, police, riot police and the thugs protecting the Parliament, hit young men and women protesting in front of Parliament earlier today, made … Continue reading

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